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More Shipbuilding Jobs Lost

Already planning to lay off 900 workers from shipbuilding yards in Louisiana and Mississippi, Northrop Grumman Corp. reports that an additional 1,000 jobs in Louisiana and Mississippi will be lost to attrition, according to a report on Since a hiring freeze was started last summer, 400 vacant positions have gone unfilled following resignations and retirements. The company said it expects to eliminate another 600 jobs through attrition within 12 months. On Monday, the company reported that it will lay off about 900 workers, mostly welders, over the next four months. Those layoffs are on top of 120 drafters and designers laid off from Northrop shipyards in January.

Marinette Marine Recall of Employees


MARINETTE, Wis. − April 22, 2011 – Marinette Marine Corporation is currently in the process of recalling all of their laid off employees. Work is ramping up on The Alaska Region Research Vessel, the NOAA Fisheries Survey Vessel, along with continued work on the LCS Fort Worth. Work is also starting on LCS-5 the USS Milwaukee. The recall of the remaining laid-off employees marks an important milestone for the Company

Aker Maritime To Eliminate 350 Jobs, 250 More By Year-End

Norwegian offshore supply firm Aker Maritime officials have announced the elimination of 350 jobs out of 1,070 at its Aker Verdal yard and said that the company would probably lay off 250 more workers from the yard by the end of 1999. "The decision is in line with plans announced earlier, and reflects a lower level of activity and depressed market prospects for the yard," officials said.

Hanjin Union Ends 190-Day Strike

According to a report from The Chosun Ilbo, the labor union of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction's shipbuilding unit agreed on June 27 to end a strike that has lasted for over six months. The company will not rehire laid-off workers, but will compensate them if they voluntarily retire. Both sides also agreed to drop the legal cases against each other.    Source: The Chosun Ilbo

Labor, Maritime Business Coalition Urge Congress to Avoid CR

A bipartisan coalition urge Congress to pass a Defense Appropriation Bill to avoid another Continuing Resolution (CR) & Sequestration. A bipartisan coalition of labor unions and maritime business owners affiliated with the Shipbuilding Council of America have jointly sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass a defense appropriations bill and avoid sequestration cuts before the Navy begins widespread lay-offs and cancellation of ship maintenance on February 15, 2013.

Statoil Cancels Rig Contract, COSL Cuts Jobs

COSLPioneer. Photo by COSL Drilling Europe

 COSL Drilling Europe is reportedly being forced to make 229 rig staff redundant as a result of Statoil’s decision to cancel the charter for semi-submersible unit COSL Pioneer.   Statoil announced the termination of contract since 8 October 2014, which is 13 months before the expiry date. Statoil explained that contract was canceled, as company has not managed to find alternative activity for the semi-submersible drilling rig.   

Nichols Brothers Resumes Work

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders returned to work after the company laid off 185 employees Nov. 2. Shortly thereafter, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, a move necessitated by a big lawsuit filed by a disgruntled customer. While the bankruptcy issues are far from settled, Nichols Brothers was allowed to negotiate with individual boat owners to see that their projects, shut down on Nov. 2, could be completed.

NOIA President Drilling Moratorium Job Losses

“Today’s report from the Obama Administration on the job losses caused by their blanket deepwater drilling moratorium downplays the true impact being felt in the Gulf Region,” said Randall Luthi, President of the National Ocean Industries Association. “It will be no comfort to these unemployed workers to read how their plight could be worse had the Department’s earlier estimates of 23,000 rendered jobless been realized.”

Aquatic Completes First Carousel Project

Carousel on board: Image credit Aquatic

Aquatic Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd, an Acteon company and subsidiary of Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd, inform it has successfully completed its new carousel, the AQCS-01-1500 maiden project. Aquatic partnered with integrated subsea services provider Kreuz Subsea on the project. The carousel was successfully used to install 9.7km of 218mm diameter umbilical in the South Belut field offshore Indonesia for ConocoPhillips

Sulzer Takes Measures in the Pumps Equipment Division

SBR Factory Jundiai

  Based on the current challenging environment in the oil and gas market, Sulzer decided to take measures to streamline the manufacturing capacities of its Pumps Equipment division. Since the beginning of 2015, Sulzer’s Pumps Equipment division has been organized in three market-oriented business units Oil and Gas, Power, and Water, a dedicated global Parts, Retrofit, and Nuclear Services organization, and a Global Operations network.

Boskalis JV Wins Galloper Offshore Wind Farm Contract

VBMS wins  cable-laying joint venture

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announces that VBMS, its strategic cable-laying joint venture with VolkerWessels, has been awarded two contracts by Galloper Wind Farm Ltd. for the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm. The total value of the contracts to VBMS is approximately EUR 200 million

PFLNG2 Keel Laid at Korea’s SHI Yard

Petronas has laid keel for its second floating liquefaction plant, Petronas Floating LNG2 (PFLNG2), in Geoje Island, South Korea.   Petronas, together with JGC Group and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), the consortium leading the engineering, procurement, construction

Bath Iron Works Lays Keel of Navy’s Next Destroyer

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works held a keel-laying ceremony on November 16 for the Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), the company’s 36th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.   The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is a multi-mission combatant that offers defense against a

UASC Sees Big Drop on Asian-Europe Route

Photo by United Arab Shipping Company

 Kuwait-headquartered United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) said that marked drop in Asian imports to Europe, made worse by a strong dollar, has heaped pain on container lines already struggling with massive over capacity, reports Reuters.  

Boat with 40 African Migrants Arrives on Spanish Island

A boat containing around 40 African migrants including a toddler girl landed on a beach on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, sea rescue services said on Wednesday. The Spanish Canary Islands off the Moroccan coast were a key route around 10 years ago for migrants from Africa trying to reach

Ailing Crewman Medevaced from Cable Lay Ship off US

Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station North Bend

A crew member reportedly suffering from a heart attack was air lifted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from a cable-laying vessel 80 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore.   An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend on Thursday safely transferred the 55-year-old

Fugro to Install Cables for Rampion Wind Farm

The Fugro Symphony cable-lay vessel (Photo: Fugro)

Geotechnical, survey, subsea and geosciences services firm Fugro informs it has secured a contract for the installation and burial of array cables at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm being built in the English Channel, 13 kilometers off the Sussex coast, by E

Aquatic to Lay Subsea Power Cables off Canada

(Photo: Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd.)

Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd. has been awarded a contract to lay power cables for the main provider of electricity in British Columbia, Canada.   The contract will see Aquatic deliver a multi-reel solution, making the operation faster and supporting its partners to manage costs

Regulations for Singapore's Kusu Pilgrimage Season

Kusu Island - A Pilgrimage Visit Courtesy Singapore Tourism

  The 2015 Kusu Pilgrimage season will commence on 13 October 2015 and end on 11 November 2015. During this period, many ferries and harbour craft carrying passengers would cross the East Keppel Fairway when plying between the MSPand Kusu Island (Pulau Tembakul)

Ulstein Debuts DP Construction Vessel


With the ULSTEIN S182 design, ULSTEIN introduces a new dynamically positioned multipurpose construction vessel suitable for shallow water operations. Main design driver was to develop a very CAPEX friendly DP vessel with good capabilities to support various offshore operations

Italy Recovers 118 Bodies From April Shipwreck

Italy's navy said on Thursday it had recovered 118 bodies in a four-month underwater operation on the wreck of a fishing boat that sank in April with up to 800 migrants on board. It laid a wreath on the deck of the sunken vessel with the help of a robotic arm.

ASRY Active in Bahrain Coast Guard Newbuilds

(Image: ASRY)

ASRY holds keel-laying ceremony as it starts landing craft construction.   ASRY marked the commencement of erection of a new Landing Craft being constructed for the Bahrain Coast Guard (BCG) with a keel-laying ceremony. The event was attended by the yard’s Chairman Shaikh Daij Bin

First FSRU "Made-in-China"

Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd. held a ceremony to celebrate the keel-laying of the EXMAR FSRU project, a barged-based floating LNG regasification unit, in the dry-dock of Wison Offshore & Marine on October 20 in Nantong, China, marking the first important project milestone achieved by the

MOSS: Portable Survey System


Developed and manufactured for marine surveyors and naval architects by Netherlands-based TARKA-SYSTEMS, the MOSS is a portable measurement solution for monitoring and surveying.   According to the developer, the MOSS System features a pragmatic design

Double Milestone for Great Lakes Shipyard

Joseph P. Starck, Jr., President, The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard; Eduardo De Jesus Paiz Lemus, Presidente Junta Administrador & Gregg A. Thauvette, Vice President, Operations, The Great Lakes Towing Company (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard holds commissioning ceremony for NYPA tug and keel laying ceremony for harbor fug for Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala   Tug Daniel Joncaire II, the first of two tugboats to be built by the Great Lakes Shipyard for New York Power Authority – Niagara Project

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